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SODIS LAB (Russia) SODIS LAB (Australia)

11/1 Bolotnikovskaya str., Moscow, PO Box 214

117556, Russian Federation South Carlton, 3053 VIC, Australia
t: +7-495-545-48-40 t: +61-466-911-419
In this document it is intended to provide
a more detailed overview of building
information modelling (BIM) and how
SODIS LAB works with BIM.

This document contains the following


The definition and advantages

of BIM
The services SODIS LAB provides
in BIM
Selection of projects

Contact details 1
Introduction 2
Contents 3
The Company 4
BIM defined 5
BIM as a technological tool
BIM as a management tool
Worldwide requirement
BIM Services by SODIS LAB
BIM project oversight
Transformation of 2D to 3D
System development
Document approval
Specialized tool development
Operational management
Project Selection
Sochi 2014 Olympic Complex
Moscow City High-rises
Baltic Sea Tunnel, St. Petersburg
References 16

The Company
SODIS LAB offers a large range of services for the building and civil infrastructure industry.
The main focus of SODIS LAB and its specialized services and products, is on the safe
development and operation of buildings and civil infrastructure. This focus comes to light
in the development, installation and maintenance of building equipment monitoring systems
(BEMS) and structural health monitoring systems (SHMS). Additionally, SODIS LAB is able
to evaluate terrorist and other attacks to civil engineering projects and provide
recommendations for improvement of the safety of building and civil infrastructure.
They are also able to manage complete BIM projects and provide full MEP, communication
and security system design, 2D-3D transformation and visualization.

The company was founded in 2005, but research to SHMS and BEMS started in 1998.
Currently, SODIS LAB has its headquarters in Moscow, Russia and a branch in Melbourne,
Australia. In total 60 employees work for SODIS LAB, many graduated from prestigious
engineering universities. It has worked on more than 200 projects for the development of SHMS
and BEMS, including the Sochi 2014 Olympic venues and the FIFA 2018 world soccer cup venues.

SODIS LAB is a member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the leading
organization for high-rise buildings, and a member of the International Society for Structural
Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII), the worlds leading organization
for monitoring systems. They have received the Autodesk Innovation Award in 2013 for their
rapid development on and work in building information modelling.

BIM defined
The design of buildings and other structures requires the involvement of many different
disciplines (figure 1), all with the goal of completing or managing a structure. The management
of all disciplines to reach this goal is a complicated task and the use of building information
modelling has grown rapidly to address this issue. Not only the management but also the
technological integration of all different engineering systems is difficult.

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Figure 1: different disciplines working on a building

The National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee defines BIM as follows:

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical

and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource
for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle;
defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.

Building information modelling (BIM) is a tool, both for technology and management, which
assists in the complicated integration of all disciplines.

BIM as a technological tool
The design process of a building starts with an architect, designing a 3D building. This is transformed to 2D
plans, description documents and many other pieces of paper for the other disciplines. Those other disciplines
transform it to 3D again in which they design their system.

BIM as a technological tool is, simply said, an integrated 3D platform which allows the architect to design
in 3D, handing it directly over to the other disciplines who also design in 3D in the same platform.
BIM allows for the integration of all disciplines in one platform and determine the discipline interaction.

By designing directly into 3D, complex geometries become available for construction. On 2D plans these
complex geometries can easily become almost impossible to design, BIM allows direct visualization but
also the listing of all materials required plus the manufacturing of them. BIM models easily allow off-site
manufacturing after which the parts are delivered to the site and simply installed.


Clash detection between different disciplines

Interconnection design between different disciplines
Direct link between 3D models and 2D plans
Visualization & rendering
Complex geometry design & manufacturing
Automatic parts list generation

BIM as a management tool
Using a single 3D platform for the development of a building allows the different disciplines to work
together in a platform all understand. Meetings between disciplines require less explanation and much less

Based on the 3D model, construction companies can order the exact amount of materials, and therefore
reduce waste and cost. It also encourages planning and production optimization.

It is not only in the design and construction stage that BIM is of help. After building construction, BIM models
can continue to be used for asset management and interior layout. Interior design companies can add their
designs in the model, and having such model immediately means that all assets are listed in it as well.
Renovations and repairs can easily be made as a model is directly present to work with.

Better coordination and development management
Material management, planning and optimization
Time, cost and waste reduction
Asset management
Optimized future work

Worldwide requirement
BIM is rapidly being employed all over the world and its not only companies who see benefits in its use.
BuildingSMART is a worldwide non-profit organisation maintaining openBIM standards [4].
The United States has the National BIM Standards committee [5], setting standards in BIM
usage. Some governmental organisations already require it for some projects [3].
The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) is facilitating the use of BIM in Canada [6].
The government of the United Kingdom requires companies to use BIM in governmental
construction projects by 2016 [1].
The government of The Netherlands requires companies to use BIM in governmental projects
and therefore have set requirements on how to use BIM in their environment [7].
The government of Australia is recommending BIM for government projects and will likely
require this by 2016 [2].
In the United Kingdom, a February 2012 survey found that 31% of construction professionals
were using BIM [8].

By designing directly into 3D and in a single system
understood by many disciplines, projects will progress
faster, more efficient and at lower costs. Many projects
have shown a 20% cost decrease by using BIM
compared to traditional design methods.

Detection of errors can easily be seen and dont

require lengthy meetings and unclear 2D documents
distributed among many project partners. A single
BIM management company can keep the oversight
of a large project, and maintain the final BIM file while
detecting design issues and managing the correct
companies associated with those issues.

A model created through BIM is easily expandable and the preferred method of asset management.

BIM Services by SODIS LAB
It is impossible for a company to say they offer building information modelling (BIM). Each
company can use the tools of BIM, and SODIS LAB does the same. Of course, SODIS LAB tries
to leverage all benefits of BIM over the use of traditional methods, however the link between
traditional methods still has to exist due to certain government regulations such as document

SODIS LAB offers the following services while using building information modelling:
BIM project oversight
Transformation from traditional 2D plans to 3D models
Structural system
MEP system
Design of systems directly into BIM
MEP systems
Communication systems
Security systems
Document approval process
Specialized tool development
Operational management

BIM project oversight

Within a design project, many disciplines will have to work together and provide a final
error-free design ready for construction. Even though certain companies might design with
building information models internally, combining the models into one, detecting overlaps,
issues and potential constructional issues is still to be performed. It is also common that certain
companies have never worked with BIM before and that different companies work with different
file types.

SODIS LAB is able to perform BIM management

and provide BIM project oversight, which includes
the management of all design companies,
the maintaining of a working BIM model and final BIM
model. SODIS LAB can combine multiple models into
one, including the transformation of non-BIM models
and traditional designs into BIM. This will result in
a BIM model which is ready for construction,
optimized for cost and construction speed
and contains all assets off the building or structure,
so that the model can also be used for operational
asset management and is ready for the future.

The BIM project oversight can easily be combined

with SODIS LAB own expertise of MEP and other
systems design.

Transformation of 2D to 3D
Many older buildings requiring renovation or modification, or designs made with traditional design
methods, can be transformed to BIM models. The engineers of SODIS LAB have been working with many
projects requiring exactly this transformation. SODIS LAB prefers not to use point-cloud laser scanning,
as the resulting models are unnecessary large and are difficult to be used as asset management models.
Instead, models are manually created with assemblies and the special transformational tools the Laboratory
SODIS LAB researchers have developed. If needed, new tools for transformation are developed specifically
for the project.

System development
SODIS LAB is able to develop mechanical, electrical, plumbing, communication, safety and security systems
for buildings, stadiums, bridges and other structures. This means that SODIS LAB can develop all systems
needed for the operation of a building.

Together with the partners of SODIS LAB, the structural system can also be designed. In that sense,
SODIS LAB can be the design consultant for certain projects.

One of the powers of building information modelling is the possibility of visualization. As a BIM is intended
to contain all assets, the visualization of the model will get as close to reality as possible without having
an actual construction. The preferred method of communicating to owners, partners and potential
customers, SODIS LAB can also visualize the BIM models for this purpose. SODIS LAB has already created
many BIM visualizations which have been published in news media and magazines.

Document approval
Governments still require 2D documents for approval. SODIS LAB uses conventional and specially
developed programs to create 2D documents from building information models as are required
for government document approval.

Specialized tool development

SODIS LAB works in the preferred program for BIM: Autodesk Revit. However even Revit has limitations,
and SODIS LAB has developed several tools to provide for faster and more efficient BIM usage.
These tools are:

Batch processing tools for large amounts of source data

Several tools for automatic 2D to 3D transformation

Integration of ANSYS modelling details into a Unified Building Model that works between Revit,
ANSYS and the SODIS LAB software for visualization and structural monitoring

Linking of planning documents directly with Google Docs

As SODIS LAB is working with more projects requiring BIM and BIM has proven a very efficient tool
for complete system integration, more tools are being developed at a rapid rate. Although it is impossible
to list all the tools and the new tools that will emerge soon, the availability of these tools will only benefit
you as your project will be performed faster, more efficient and therefore at a lower cost.

Operational management
SODIS LAB brings BIM into the operational and maintenance stage by creating models which are used
for structural health monitoring. A separate brochure on structural health monitoring is available,
but it shows that BIM is not a tool for only the design of buildings. A simplified model runs in a Google
Earth like environment displaying events on a computer screen of the operator. SODIS LAB has developed
a specialized visualization engine based on the models from BIM to work in the operational stage, so that
specialized training for operators is not necessary.

SODIS LAB sees complete building management as the logical next step for BIM. Although a building
management system like this is not yet present, SODIS LAB is looking to work with industry and research
partners to develop a single software solution for fault detection and operation of all systems in a building.

Project Selection
Since 2011 the dedicated research institute of SODIS LAB, Laboratory SODIS LAB, has worked
on the question how to implement building information modelling into the operation
of structures. It has developed models for many structures, mainly stadiums due to their
complexity. The following are a selection of SODIS LAB projects where BIM is used. SODIS LAB
is now using BIM for any project as it significantly improves the workflow.

Sochi 2014 Olympic Complex

In February 2014 the Winter Olympic Games were held in Sochi. For this event, a large amount
of new stadiums were constructed. SODIS LAB was heavily involved in this project
and developed building information models for each stadium. Special algorithms
were developed specifically for the bobsled track, where SODIS LAB used its 2D to 3D
transformation knowledge in creating BIM models.

All models are currently also used in the operation of the stadiums, through the building equipment
monitoring and structural monitoring services SODIS LAB offers.

SODIS LAB finished the following projects:

Bolshoy Ice Dome (Ice Hockey Arena)
Fischt Olympic Stadium
Adler Arena
Iceberg Skating Palace
Shayba Arena
Russki Gorki Jumping Centre
Ice Cube Curling Centre
Bobsled Track
Organising committee office building

Moscow City High-rises

The business centre of Moscow is rapidly expanding with a master plan for more than 15 high-rise buildings.
When completed, the top 10 of Europes tallest buildings will be rewritten with more than 7 being located
in this business centre.

In its initial stage, SODIS LAB worked closely with the planning authority in creating an emergency response
plan for the complete area. This included the analysis of terrorist actions, how the public would react and how
emergency response would deal with it. Additionally, improvements for safety were given.

Currently, SODIS LAB is involved in many individual buildings, designing and installing structural monitoring
systems (SHMS) and building equipment monitoring systems (BEMS). Many of the buildings required
the transformation of 2D plans to 3D models.

Baltic Sea Tunnel, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburgs expanding city required a new ring road
highway to the north of the city. This ring road would
require a bridge or tunnel across the Baltic Sea inlet.
However, this inlet is a busy shipping route
and therefore a tunnel was required. Additionally, flood
protection was needed to protect St. Petersburg
from flooding. Both a submersible storm surge barrier
and a 1.2 kilometre underwater tunnel were constructed
at the same location.

Although originally designed without BIM technology, SODIS LAB revisited the project and re-engineered
the tunnel into an extensive and more comprehensive BIM model. This model and the new visualization
engine of SODIS LAB are now used for the operation of the tunnel.

Partnering with SODIS LAB will give your company a competitive edge by being able
to offer your customers the benefits of the BIM technologies. Of course SODIS LAB is also
directly available for project work. As SODIS LAB has both building and MEP engineers
and software developers, any tasks requiring improvement or project specific algorithms
can be implemented by the software developers and used by the engineers.

Seeing that the worlds governments are (soon) requiring the use of BIM, embracing
the use of BIM will ensure your companys future.

For information on how SODIS LAB can assist in your projects, please contact our
international director for more information or to set up a meeting. To reiterate how
SODIS LAB can assist, here are our service offers again.

BIM project oversight

Transformation from traditional 2D plans to 3D models
Structural system
MEP system
Design of systems directly into BIM
MEP systems
Communication systems
Security systems
Document approval process
Specialized tool development
Operational management

These references indicate mainly websites as sources for the international governmental
requirements of building information modelling.










SODIS LAB (Russia) SODIS LAB (Australia)

11/1 Bolotnikovskaya str., Moscow, PO Box 214
117556, Russian Federation South Carlton, 3053 VIC, Australia
t: +7-495-545-48-40 t: +61-466-911-419